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Fête de l'Absinthe 2016

There is almost nothing better for absinthe lovers than spending the whole weekend sharing different bottles of absinthe and talking with friends from all over the world about our favorite spirit.

If this sounds like it’s your cup of tea – or rather – absinthe, then you should definitely come to the Fête de l’Absinthe in Boveresse, Switzerland next year!

This little absinthe festival is held annually in the middle of June in the Val-de-Travers, the birthplace of absinthe.

There was no way our team was going to miss out on this year’s absinthe festival.

absinthe festival 2016

I’ll tell you about what we’ve been up to every day of the weekend:


Friday, June 17th

As every year, in the early afternoon we left Absinthes.com HQ in the heart of the Black Forest (we said farewell to our colleague Marion who was very sad she couldn’t make it this year), and made our way to Boveresse. We – that is, me Stefanie, Alfred, Andrew and some of our friends and family.

This time we stayed at a delightful bed and breakfast in Môtiers, a short walk away from the village of Boveresse. The owner welcomed us warmly and showed us our rooms, but we didn’t hang around for long, we were excited and wanted head to Couvet as soon as possible…

absinthe festival 2016

Our first absinthe on Friday evening.


In this town, Claude-Alain Bugnon and his wife Karine run the Artemisa Bugnon distillery. You probably already know their most famous absinthe, the La Clandestine.

In front of the distillery, we met our friends from all over the world. Some of them travel every year from the United States, Finland, Norway and other countries to Switzerland, just to go to the Fête de l’Absinthe.


After a couple of glasses of absinthe and some delicious Crème d’Absinthe (absinthe egg liqueur), we boarded the bus that took us to this year’s surprise: a restaurant we have never been to before (thank you very much to Marc Thuillier, absinthe guru and the man who runs Absinthe Originals, for organizing everything and surprising us each year!).

ferme robert

This beautiful building dates back to 1750.

The Ferme Robert not only served us a yummy cheese fondue, but also some delicious absinthe that the owners distilled themselves. The restaurant is situated at the foot of the tall circle of cliffs, the “Creux du Van”, the oldest nature reserve in Switzerland. Before eating, we all stood outside enjoying a glass of absinthe, when it started to rain and we got showered with hailstones. Some of the absintheurs decided to go with the flow and use mother nature herself as the world’s largest absinthe fountain.

For the end of the meal, we got some ice cream soufflé, made with absinthe of course.

absinthe festival 2016

We were even able to louche our absinthe with rainwater and hail!

Shortly before midnight, we took the bus back to Couvet. Next to the Hotel de l’Aigle, some of us enjoyed the end of the evening with a couple of bottles of Belgian beer – a little change from absinthe.

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  • Wow...looking at your photos...I am so jealous! It looks like so much fun was had by all! Some day...I wish to accompany your group and enjoy a trip to one of those many distilleries to take part in an absinthe festival!! I can dream...

  • Please let me know when/where the next absinthe festival for 2017 is held.